Music

The Chattanooga Chorus is a group of men who love to sing acapella barbershop harmony. Every year on Valentines Day, The Choo Choo Chorus dispatches quartets all over the city to serenade sweethearts. As you might imagine the singers have stories to tell—they shared a few with Richard Winham.

Julie Babb

As part of progressive rock band Glass Hammer, Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are stars…in Japan and in Europe…and yet here in Chattanooga, their hometown, they are relative unknowns—and they like it that way. Richard Winham visited the two musicians in their recording studio recently to talk about their new album, their upcoming tour, and the work they do as producers for other musicians in Chattanooga.

The staff of WUTC wishes you and yours happy holiday cheer this season, and we’ll be spreading good tidings Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning. 

Every year the Choo Choo Chorus—a choir of more than 100 men and women—get together to sing sacred and secular Christmas songs in a concert to benefit The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center. The members of the chorus also perform throughout the year mostly in quartets. The Rock City 4 is one. They stopped by to talk to Richard Winham about the upcoming concert and to sing some of the songs they’ll be singing with the chorus on Saturday night.

Cathy Wells

  

  "He was a momma's boy, and I don't care what anybody says about that--there's nothing wrong with that," Cathy Wells says of her son.

 Lance Cpl. Squire Wells, known as "Skip," was one of the "fallen five" service members killed during a July 16, 2015 terrorist attack on Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center.

Cathy Wells has written "Tennessee Blood," a song honoring her son.

  Music filled Miller Plaza yesterday evening. It was a special part of the nightfall concert series, an hour devoted to honoring veterans, active duty military personnel, and the Fallen Five who were killed in last July 16's terror attacks. The performance ended with “Terror Came to Chattanooga," a song written by Lt. Commander Tim White, the Navy officer who used a personal firearm to shoot back at the terrorist during the attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. 

  BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25

6 AM to 10 AM -  NPR’s  Morning Edition

10 AM to 12 NOON  -  Messiah With The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  -  Handel’s much-adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall, led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir Of Pittsburgh.  This work is a religious story of hope,  inspiration and timeless expression.

12 NOON to 1 PM  -  Fresh Air with Terry Gross

ANNA & ELIZABETH
Anna & Elizabeth

These simple, stripped-down, raw, traditional Appalachian ballads, hymns and story-songs are delivered with beautifully blended harmonies. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle are on a mission to shine new light on old songs and pass the tradition to a new generation. This is pure folk music — it doesn't get much better than this. (Linda Fahey)


CAITLIN CANTY
Reckless Skyline

  David Liebe Hart can be weird and hilarious.  He's an actor/comedian/musician/puppeteer who has done stand-up and appeared on television as a regular on the Adult Swim network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!  (In a sketch titled “Bad Cop, Worse Cop,” he played a police officer who used a ventriloquist’s dummy to smack around a suspect.)  He's also appeared in films, including the campy, low-budget comedy White Cop.

Since its inception in 2011, Jazzanooga has been promoting jazz in Chattanooga. But more than that, as the founder Shane Morrow put it, Jazzanooga celebrates all of the arts and their power to bring us together. Richard Winham talked to Shane Morrow who told him Jazzanooga is a mission.

Alex Volz joins us to talk about his new album of kids' music, The Little Merman.

  Volz is known for creating sophisticated pop, rock, blues and punk songs that go beyond the usual kiddie fare. 

This year marks the ninth year of concerts in the Riverfront Nights series. As in previous years, six shows were scheduled this year. This week’s concert featuring the Whisky Gentry is the third in this year’s line-up. Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. It was Jeff Styles’s idea to create a Nightfall —style concert series on the waterfront, but this year marks his last. He booked the bands again this year, but he’s no longer running the show.

Local musician Bruce Livolsi is a one-man band known as A Man Called Bruce. He joins us to talk about his new album LIVE in the Studio.

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Sprinter, the sophomore album by southeastern singer/songwriter Torres, recently earned a spot on NPR's Favorite Albums of 2015 (So Far.)  Torres has also garnered praise from Pitchfork.com, Paste magazine and

This Summer there have already been music festivals somewhere in the country almost every weekend it seems—and there are still many more to come. Competition is fierce, but one promoter thinks he may have found a unique niche. Richard Winham talked to Ricky Ginsburg whose idea for a music festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains combine roots music with a Summer Camp-style weekend in the woods, which will take place September 18 - 20.

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